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Book beg to differ Although they think Psychoanalysis Has Done A Masterful Job At has done a masterful job at the unrealistic views we might have of ourselves such as that we are totally self aware and coherent with who we are that we are one with ourselves that we now what the hell we

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and feel etc such exposing should not necessarily preclude our ability to look towards the future to create visions of our lives that we wish to aspire toward Perhaps psychoanalysis even after it has problematized a common sense view of our consciousness can still aid us in the uest to living a good life not in some ancient sense that is wedded to assumptions about God the universe Reason Nature ultimate coherence etc but a good life in the modern world for modern persons who now that things are not as they seem who now that we are not one with ourselves who understand that we do not understand ourselves In other words is there anything left for moral philosophy after the psychoanalysts have completely obliterated the myth that we are conscious of ourselves in control of our desires rational and consistent Rubin and others believe that there is such a task to be done in community with ourselves meaning our individual discipline and others meaning other disciplines This seems like a worthwhile body of literature that hopefully continues to grow as and analysts give up the myth of psychoanalysis as a science which has all the pessimistic answers and maybe starts to think of the discipline as of an art which should be placed in dialogue with other arts in a uest for figuring out how we want to live how. Alysis can highlight both the ingredients of love ethics creativity and spirituality as well as the obstacles to experiencing them Exploring the good life from this dual perspective provides an indispensable resource for helping us live with greater meaning and vitali.

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Down a person s openness to change grow adapt and reconstrue that life Perhaps psychoanalysis can be used to help us think about what ind of people we reconstrue that life Perhaps psychoanalysis can be used to help us think about what ind of people we to become rather than only tell us how we have become who we already are This hope may be labelled As Blind Optimism And Totally Against The Spirit Of Psychoanalysis blind optimism and totally against the spirit of psychoanalysis some And Rubin spends much of the book challenging such dissenters The point though for Rubin is that psychoanalysis has traditionally been wedded with deeply deconstructive views of human psychology as manifested in its eagerness to unearth hidden unconscious drives and various psychoses its suspicion of a person s conscious experience of themselves and others its focus on the darker sides of life pain suffering neurosis death anxiety depression etc as well as its insistence probably let s be honest for good reason that life is just overall shitty and hard and generally miserable for most of its duration Because of these and many other factors within certain strands of psychoanalysis particularly in the classical Freudian strand the discipline has typically foregone engaging with whatever insights it might have provided into the uestion of moral philosophy because it is uite frankly completely blinded from even the ability to entertain such ideas It sees moral is uite frankly completely blinded from even the ability to entertain such ideas It sees moral as too optimistic too self helpy too wishy washy too unrealistic about the ways in which the unconscious will inevitably problematize any sort of coherent vision we can construct for how we want to live Authors like Jung Bion Winnicott Fromm Eigen Phillips and many others including Rubin in this. Ood Life he demonstrates how psychoanalysis can make a profound contribution to the well lived life by drawing on a neglected but potent aspect of psychoanalysis its capacity to illuminate a psychology of health as well as illness Rubin shows that at its best psychoan. I read this book because it was endorsed by Michael Eigen a psychoanalyst whom I have been spending a lot of time reading and learning from lately The title stood out to me because of my deep interest in philosophy in general and uestions about meaning and ethics specifically especially when these sorts of uandaries are taken up by specialists who uandaries are taken up by specialists who their entire lives reflecting and feeling the deepest subjective sides of our human existence namely psychoanalystsRubin a practicing analyst for multiple decades speaks from his own personal experience as an analyst and his readings of various THINKERS IN MANY INTELLECTUAL DISCIPLINES FROM PHILOSOPHY PSYCHOANALYSIS SPIRITUALITYRELIGION in many intellectual disciplines from philosophy psychoanalysis spiritualityreligion poetry etc and brings them together to engage the classic philosophical uestion about how to live a good life The book is made up of 5 chapters which tackle different topics creativity ethics love spirituality and the Good Life He blends his conviction that some lives are simply better than others meaning fulfilling enriching holistic vital etc with his eually felt conviction that there is no such thing as one good life Psychoanalysis on his account and I take it that he has been influenced by various other thinkers like Eigen Phillips Bion Winnicott etc whom he references throughout this book cannot offer any Platonic blueprints to how to live We must in a very literal sense make it up as we go along Psychoanalysis thus is not a science it is an art Rubin s goal is to perhaps use his psychoanalytic training to help persons figure out how to live the lives they want to live without closing. Psychoanalysts have traditionally been expert at uncovering what afflicts and damages people argues Jeffrey B Rubin but by focusing on narcissism and perversions depression and sadism psychoanalysis has all too often disregarded what nourishes and sustains us In The .
The Good Life: Psychoanalytic Reflection On Love, Ethics, Creativity, And Spirituality

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